Tyrecycle and Revolve ReCycling give new life to old bicycle tyres and tubes

Karen Pham

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Revolve ReCycling and Tyrecycle have launched an initiative recycling bicycle tyres and tubes into new Australian-made products.

After collecting bicycle tyres and tubes from bike shops and individual riders, Revolve ReCycling aggregates all the items and passes them to Tyrecycle, which then converts materials into new useful products at its new Erskine Park processing plant.

Rubber from used tyres and tubes can make up 10 per cent of waste from a bike shop and Tyrecycle estimates there could be up to 14 million unused bicycles with their tubes and tyres gathering dust in Australia’s sheds, verandas, and garages.

The new Australian recycling solution is run by Revolve ReCycling new bike shop waste-minimisation service, which will be launched in Sydney starting this month. 

Pete Shmigel, director of Revolve ReCycling, shared that because of the overall lack of scale and the need to remove metal valves, it has until now been challenging to recycle bicycle tyres and tubes.

“We will meet this challenge by consolidating the collection of tyre material across many bike shops and by pre-treating it so that Tyrecycle can use it,” added Shmigel.

Jim Fairweather, CEO at Tyrecycle, said that “with higher-quality material, the company can now more readily use bicycle tyres and tubes in its product manufacturing”.

Founded in September 2021, Revolve ReCycling aims to be Australia’s primary platform to help riders, bike shops, other retailers, and importers give ‘new life to old rides’.

Tyrecycle is a globally awarded specialist in recycling bicycle tyres and converting them into new products. 

Karen Pham

Karen Pham

Karen Pham is a marketing and branding enthusiast with a major in legal English. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, she is a contributor to Viable.Earth.

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